68. To HORACE MANN.
Monday, March 22. [Great part of this letter is lost1.]
... I HAVE at last received a letter from you in answer to the first I wrote to you upon the change in the ministry. I hope you have received mine regularly since, that you may know all the consequent steps. I like the Pasquinades you sent me, and think the Emperor's letter as mean as you do. I hope his state will grow more abject every day. It is amazing, the progress and success of the Queen of Hungary's arms! It is said to-day, that she has defeated a great body of Prussians in Moravia. We are going to extend a helping hand to her at last. Lord Stair2 has accepted what my Lord Argyll resigned, and sets out ambassador to Holland in two days; and afterwards will have the command of the troops that are to be sent into Flanders. I am sorry I must send away this to-night, without being able to tell you the event of to-morrow; but I will let you know it on Thursday, if I write but two lines. You have no notion how I laughed at Mrs. G-oldsworthy's 'talking from hand to mouth'3.' How happy I am that you have Mr. Chute still with you; you would have been distracted else with that simple woman; for fools prey upon one, when one has no companion to laugh them off.
I shall say everything that is proper for you to the Earl, and shall take care about expressing you to him, as I know
LETTER 68.—* In Horace Walpole's handwriting.
a John Dalrymple (1673-1747), second Earl of Stair; he greatly distinguished himself in Marlborotigh's campaigns, and was Colonel of the Soots Greys, 1706 ; Colonel of Innis-killing Dragoons, 1714; Envoy (afterwards Ambassador) at Paris, 1714-20 j
Vice-Admiral of Scotland, 1729-33; deprived of that office, and of military command (owing to his opposition to Walpole), 1783; Field-Mar-shal (on the fall of Walpole), 1742; Commander-in-Chief in Flanders, 1742-43.
8 An expression of Mr. Chute. Walpole,